A jade tree plant is a succulent, which means that it requires little water, lots of light, and a warm environment. The jade tree plant is found in the wild as more of a bush, but when kept inside it can be kept root bound in a pot (remember to fertilize and trim off a little new growth) or trained as a bonsai tree. In fact, a jade tree plant grows extremely slow, which makes it a great subject for bonsai training. Below we have included several subtopics to help you learn more about the jade tree plant.
Bonsai: To train a jade tree plant as a bonsai, all you need is a young jade tree (or you can propagate one, as covered below), and a small planter. Carefully remove about 2/3 of the thick trunk’s lower leaves (you can trim or pull them off, just make sure the trunk is thick enough for this), and leave the upper leaves and branches in tact. Within a few feeks your jade tree plant bonsai’s trunk should be browning, which is good. You want it to form a caudex, or a woody trunk, for show. After this happens just trim the upper leaves and branches to your desire, as long as you don’t take off too many leaves. I don’t think that you can wire these bonsai trees, as their trunk and branches could break too easily. Below is a finished jade tree plant bonsai for sale.
Propagation: You can always propagate your jade tree plant by growing a new plant from the leaf. I have done this myself! To make a new plant, just remove a full leaf, let it dry on a counter/towell for a day or two, and place the bottom of the leaf in some dry soil. Water it lightly like you do the jade tree plant. Within two months it should have an offset or a few! Although it takes a while for these offsets to form even a bonsai, just remember that you got this plant free! As for a tip, you can always sell leaves/offsets online for a little extra money.
Sickness: Just like any other plant, jade tree plants can become sick. If they have any bugs/mites on them, general garden pesticides should work. If not, take it to your local garden center and/or post it on some forums. If your plant is wilting, then you are either overwatering or underwatering it, or the plant is badly root bound. If changes in watering have little or no effect, and the plant’s roots are mushed together in the pot, then simply put your jade tree plant in a bigger pot. This should work. If any other ilness occurs, be sure to search online and ask around, as it is better to cure it sooner than later. Thank you for visiting this website!